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Colorado Author S.L. Rottman shares with Troop 4262

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Submitted by Amy Keeler

Colorado Springs

Pikes Peak

S.L. Rottman, who is well-known for her young adult novels, met with Girl Scout Troop 4262 to share her knowledge about writing novels. In the end, each girl took home a signed book to read and some inspiration from an amazing lady.

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GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Lyndsay Ruane, Colorado Springs, “Emergency Preparedness Fair”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

My Gold Award project addressed the issue of emergency preparedness. I wanted people to be prepared for any emergency that may happen. I organized and executed an Emergency Preparedness Fair for elementary aged children.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I pursued this Gold Award project because I have seen natural disasters rip apart my community and the world within the last few years. For example, the Waldo Canyon Fire and Black Forest Fire directly impacted my neighbors and I. If people were more prepared for these emergencies, the disasters would have a less catastrophic impact.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My Gold Award project made a difference on many young people in my community. I passed emergency preparedness information to families so they can be ready to face any situation. The young participants of my fair and their families gained skills and knowledge to enable them to react swiftly and properly in an emergency situation.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

One of the skills I gained through earning my Gold Award is that I learned how to successfully create a large scale event. This includes things like recruiting volunteers, planning time frames, receiving donations, and organizing information in an accessible format. I learned that I do have the skills and capability to lead a large scale project on my own. I gained practical life skills because as I completed my research, I also learned a lot of new things about emergency preparedness that I did not know before. I also was able to resolve conflicts. I had to convince a large amount of young children to stay still and pay attention.

How did you make your project sustainable?

My Gold Award project is sustainable because my information was passed on through families. My information for the fair was also passed on to Cheyenne Mountain Boy Scouts, who have already succeeded in executing their own fair based on my outline. My information and plan were also given to Monument Boy Scouts, who have used it as well. The project was given to Boy Scouts and published in their newsletter to be available for all local Boy Scout packs. The curriculum was given to Prairie Hills Elementary, and it will be used with the annual Heath Jam. Lastly, I passed the project to Academy District 20, to be available for use in all elementary schools in the district.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

I found that the national and even global link to my issue is that emergency preparedness is lacking all over the world. There are always going to be people caught unprepared in an emergency. The people I directly gave my information to have already informed me that they have passed the information to even more organizations. By presenting my project to more and more people, we can reduce people’s stress accompanying an emergency through preparation.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

What I will remember most about my Gold Award project is that I successfully created and ran a large scale event with minimum problems. I have received a lot of positive feedback about my fair, and I have also been told that my information is spreading beyond me. My project inspired people to prepare themselves and others in case of an emergency. I was able to make an impact on my community!

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

Earning my Gold Award proved to me that I am capable of making a tangible difference in my community, and I will use this confidence to lead others in many more future projects.

Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

I gained practical life skills because as I completed my research, I also learned a lot of new things about emergency preparedness that I did not previously know. I also worked within the leadership key Connect. One way I did this was when I resolved conflicts. I had to convince a large amount of young children to stay still and pay attention. Also, I was able to Take Action. I educated and inspired others to act. I have received a lot of positive feedback about my fair, and I have also been told that my information was spreading beyond me. My project inspired people to prepare themselves and others in case of an emergency.

***IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org

GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Elise Melhado, Colorado Springs, “Reading Revival”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my project, I created a reading-friendly environment in the Partner’s in Housing Colorado House. I redesigned a room to better suit the space for a children’s reading space, in addition to initiating a regular reading days with the children.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

Children’s illiteracy is something I am extremely passionate about. Literacy is a basic skill that is not adequately fostered by parents, especially in impoverished homes.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My Gold Award project continues to bring access to appropriate literature to the children of Partner’s in Housing, as well as, a fun space to enjoy reading in.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

Through my Gold Award, I learned how to advocate for myself and others. I was forced to make phone calls to strangers and sell my idea to people. Also, I learned how to recruit helpers of all backgrounds.

How did you make your project sustainable?

Aside from the room itself being sustainable, I ensured that the organization continued hosting literacy days for the resident children.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

I created a guide about how to complete a service project, using my own as an example. The blog post can be found at anotherquest.blogspot.com (Press the Start Button). The blog post also contains pictures of my project.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I remember the long hours I put into designing and executing my plans in the room. Although spending ten hours each day bending over a paint can is painful, seeing the transformation I created was inexplicably rewarding.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

I will now attack my future with the tenacity with which I attack my Gold Award. I know that I am capable of doing a project so large and truly making a different in my community, and I will carry that knowledge forever.

Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

The Gold Award allowed me to use all of the skills I collected over the years from completing my various patches. It forced me to utilize and exhibit every line of the Girl Scout Law, and was an amazing apex to my scouting career.

***IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org

GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Jonnae Byas, Colorado Springs, “Refurbishing the Garden”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award project, I refurbished the garden at the Medallion Retirement Center for the staff, residents, and Ms. Elsa Bailey, also a resident and founder of the garden.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I pursued this Gold Award project because I felt that the outcome would have a positive impact on a large amount of people.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My Gold Award project made a difference in multiple ways. One way my project made a difference was through the residents, resident families, and the staff. The residents were so appreciative towards the hard work we put into the garden. Every time my team and I went back to complete further tasks, we witnessed the growth in residents, residents’ families, and staff outside enjoying the garden. Another way my project made a difference was through the appearance of the garden. The appearance of the garden is significant because the garden can help with advertisement of the retirement center in brochures, online advertisement, and personal experience .

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

Through earning this Gold Award, I gained multiple skills. I gained skills such as leadership skills, taking action and making things happen skills, and just skills to help me be more open to connecting with my community.

How did you make your project sustainable?

In order to keep my project sustainable, I made a list of instructions on “How to Keep the Garden Clean” that the staff and maintenance can follow.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

We have personally taken pictures and we shared those pictures on Facebook and other social media to promote the idea socially. Also, we requested for them to be included in the updated brochure for the Medallion Retirement Center.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

The amount of hard, long, hot summer days we spent completing this project.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

I believe my leadership skills will develop in a positive way. I now know how to discover, connect, take action, and actually make things happen. I also believe this project provided great amounts of experience that I may need later on in life. I believe that because I had to go to the next level to overcome each obstacle, I ended up learning a lot about improvising, and working with what you are given to work with.

Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

I feel the Gold Award is one of the most important tasks of a Girl Scout experience for multiple reasons. One reason is because this task is a huge responsibility. Girl Scouts is mainly about teaching responsibility, courage, respect, and many other attributes to build a girl’s character. This project required all of those skills and more. Another reason is because the amount of change that my project made. Another lesson we learn as Girl Scouts is to make a change in order to make the world a better place. I definitely feel that this project made a huge change.

***IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org

GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Makayla Jewell, Colorado Springs, “Strike Out Injuries”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I built a dug out for a school’s sports team, in need of a new home, and held a clinic to teach kids about how to stay safe and healthy during physical activities.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I wanted to pursue the project because I felt that my school’s softball field was not safe enough for visiting teams and my team to play on. Also, I feel that it is important for younger kids to learn how to take care of themselves and why its important.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My project made a difference by allowing softball teams to feel safer as they play on our field, and educating kids on their health.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

Leadership skills, communication, organizational, financial, and time management.

How did you make your project sustainable?

I built a structure that will stand for years to come and provide protection for athletes that preform on that field.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

I was unable to make these connections to my national and global community. However, I was able to make a connection through my city and state.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

The most memorable part of my project will be that I am able to see my project for years to come. Also, how much fun I had working with a team on a hands on project.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

My Gold Award will help my future by helping me see what kind of engineering fields are out there and helping me further my decision on what path I will take.

Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

I feel that my Gold Award is an important part of my Girl Scout experience because I was able to use all of the laws that I have learned and grow up with since the starting my my Girl scouting experience.

***IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org

GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Jessica Hild, Colorado Springs, “Camp Alexander Chapel Restoration”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award project, I gathered a team of volunteers to refurbish the existing benches at the Camp Alexander Chapel. We also built five new benches and applied a weather resistant coating to all of the benches.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I chose this project because my family and I have been very involved with the Pikes Peak Boy Scout Council and Camp Alexander. Through Venturing, I worked and volunteered at Camp Alexander for three summers and had some incredible experiences. This project was something I could be passionate about pursuing.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My Gold Award project has the potential to reach the hundreds of kids that visit Camp Alexander each summer. It is used for weekly chapel services, award ceremonies, and other meetings. The once broken benches are now usable, and the addition of more benches will allow more people to use the space.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

Throughout the planning process of the Gold Award, I gained leadership, planning, time management, and budgeting skills.

How did you make your project sustainable?

I documented every step in planning my project and created a presentation with the information. The presentation gave an overview of my own project, but also demonstrated how the process and skills needed could be applied to the planning of other service projects. I then shared this presentation with the Pikes Peak Boy Scout council, the Girl Scouts of Colorado, the YMCA of the Rockies, and Camp Elam.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

The Scouts that use the chapel at Camp Alexander are not only from Colorado, but come from around the nation and globe. Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas troops come to the camp regularly, but there have also been staff and scouts from China, Poland, Indonesia, Tunisia, El Salvador, and Pakistan.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

The support I received from my family, friends, co-workers, and community surpassed anything I had expected. This support gave me the motivation to succeed.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

Because of my Gold Award project, I have more experience with planning and leadership. These are skills that will be important in any career I pursue.

Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

I was able to use all of the skills I learned in Girl Scouts and other places through the years and apply them to a project that would benefit others.

***IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org

GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Kit Bernal, Falcon, “Art Masterpiece”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I adapted and created supplementary art education and curriculum for a local homeschool association.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I am very passionate about art education and wished to spread resources to make it easier for parents and teachers to make art education a part of their classroom.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My Gold Award makes art education accessible, which improves right brain learning, inquisitiveness, creativity, and empathy.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I gained networking and professional skills.

How did you make your project sustainable?

The homeschool program I worked with uses cyclical curriculum, so by making art lessons related to the curriculum, they could be reused almost indefinitely.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

I’ve put all lessons I’ve written on a website accessible to the public as a resource to schools and homeschoolers.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I will most remember the excitement of the teachers on receiving lesson plans and materials.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

Not only have I made meaningful network connections, but because I want to go into the art field, I already have a completed project to attest to my dedication and skills.

Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

It was a fitting end to twelve years of dedication to Girl Scouts.

***IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org

GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Sarah Kriner, Peyton, “Bird Sanctuary”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I built a bird center on the grounds of my local library, in front of the window leading to the children’s center.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I pursued this project in order to get the children of my community reading, and to help fight illiteracy.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My project draws in the local birds which adds one more reason for children to go to the library and pick up a book.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

Working on the Gold Award helped me gain the confidence to communicate with members of my community to help work together towards a common goal.

How did you make your project sustainable?

I gave the library all the seed I could fit in to my budget and they will do drives to gather seed in the future. We also ensured that each part of the center would be strong enough to last through the high wind and tough storms we get in the winter.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

Illiteracy is a universal issue that has been hurting people all over the world for centuries.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

The grand opening was one of the more memorable moments, all the kids who showed up left with a smile on their face. It was an amazing feeling to know I had changed my community for the better.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

I have used it to help get accepted into college, although I am currently enrolled into Pikes Peak Community College to save money, I did get accepted in to University of Colorado Colorado Springs and will transfer over in 2017.

Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

The Gold Award was one of the last things I worked on as a Girl Scout. Although there was always people to lean on every step of the way, at the end of the day, it was my project. That gave me the confidence to know that I can tackle big obstacles that I could encounter as I begin to face the world as an adult.

***IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org

GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD PROJECT: Mackenzie Crawley, Colorado Springs, “Learning through Literacy”

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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award project, I created a lending library and tutoring center at my church.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I pursued this project because I have always had a love for reading. The lending library was a way for me to share that love with others. While volunteering every summer at my local library, I was asked to participate in their tutoring program. I developed a bond with my young students and saw how just an hour a week made a big difference. I was able develop a tutoring program at my church.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My Gold Award Project made a difference by giving people easy access to books and helping students who are struggling in school. It also helped parents who are not able to help their children with homework, especially in math. This is a valuable, free resource for students, parents and volunteers.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I learned leadership and time management skills. I learned how to work with parents and difficult students.

How did you make your project sustainable?

I made this project sustainable by leaving behind a manual for both the library and the tutoring center. The manuals provide step by step directions on every aspect of the library and tutoring center. There are also management at my church that are fully aware of the procedures.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

Literacy is an important national and global problem. I feel honored to do my small part to help eliminate illiteracy.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

What I will remember the most is bonding with the children that I tutor, and hearing them say that they want me to tutor them.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

Earning my Gold Award has given me confidence in knowing that I can make a difference. This project forced me out of my comfort zone. Now that I’ve stepped out it will be easier to do it in the future.

Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

Once I earned my Bronze Award, I wanted to go for my Silver and then the Gold. Having achieved all three is huge for me. The awards signify really taking my Girl Scout experience to the community. It makes me feel like I have done my part in society, not just sell cookies or go camping. My girl scout experience has helped me make a difference.

***IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Rebecca Clark, Colorado Springs, “Color Guard Clinic – Guard is Great!”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I put together a performing arts clinic for middle schoolers in my district.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

There is a lack of understanding in the community (and world) about what Color Guard is, thus a lack of funding and participation.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

Many people were exposed to a sport that is my passion, and something they might not otherwise have known about. Students learned dance, movement, and how to spin and toss flags. Color Guard is a fun and supportive environment in high school. Students who join will have a supportive base and friends in high school.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I learned leadership skills, planning, and flexibility.

How did you make your project sustainable?

I made a Facebook page and YouTube page with pictures and instructional videos. I also made a flash drive with all clinic information, from permission slips to t-shirt orders and daily schedules to give to others who wish to hold a clinic.

What was your connection to the national or global community?

Color Guard is a global sport, with very little recognition. My Facebook and YouTube pages will attract people to the sport with instructional videos on tosses and routines.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I will most remember watching the veterans helping the new students, and the enthusiasm everyone showed toward the sport.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

I have learned how to be a leader in my community: how to step up and lead a large group of people towards a common goal.

Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

I feel the Gold Award is an important part of my Girl Scout experience because it makes me more confident in organizing and leading events. It is the highest award possible for a Girl Scout to earn, and I plan on being a Girl Scout for the rest of my life. It is the culmination of my Girl Scout experience.

***IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org